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History in the making . . . Waimahaka Districts Historical Committee members Ian Smith, Betty Fox, Chaiman Murray Peter, Marj Smith and Judy Fox are looking forward to the Waimahaka and District historical kiosk opening on Saturday. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

A historical information kiosk in Waimahaka will leave a legacy for future generations.

The opening ceremony for the Waimahaka and district historical kiosk will be held at the Waimahaka Community Centre on Saturday at 3pm.

The project was initiated by members from the Waimahaka District Historical Committee.

Committee chairman Murray Peter said the kiosk would preserve the history of Waimahaka.

“Information gets filtered down as you get through the generations. So this is our contribution as families who once lived in Waimahaka are scattered throughout New Zealand and the world. So it gives them something to come back to.”

Committee member Marjorie Smith said visitors to the Waimahaka could use the kiosk as a way to find out about its history.

“Waimahaka means twin waters but the [kiosk] will hold the story of the village and also the history of the district and farming.”

The kiosk will feature former All Blacks rugby players James Archer and Jamie Mackintosh who came from the area, she said.

Plans to create the information kiosk started in 2001.

Committee member Ian Smith said the idea started with a book called A High Point of Vantage which was written by Marjorie Smith.

“It was a book which has 100 years of the district’s history.”

There was money left over from the books sold which led to the idea of the project, he said.

“We had always wanted to do it.”

However, costs for the project exceeded the amount of money left over which led to local community funders helping with donations, time and materials, he said.

“They have been a huge help.”

The committee members were excited for the official opening ceremony after about 20 years of planning.

“We are pleased with the way it has ended as the final decision to push ahead was made only 12 months ago,” Mr Smith said.

Inaugural chairman Jack Stirling, who was a former resident of Waimahaka, will cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony and council representatives will be in attendance.